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How To Write A Scientific Paper Worth Reading

10-29-2010 09:36 AM CET | Science & Education

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A lecture at the Medical Department of Chiang Mai University

A lecture at the Medical Department of Chiang Mai University

CONTACT: Michael LaRocca
Hanoi, Vietnam
01242886595
michaeledits@michaeledits.com

How To Write A Scientific Paper Worth Reading

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HANOI, Vietnam -- October 29, 2010 -- Scientific writers are rarely literate. If a colleague says “I don’t know what this means,” the writer assumes it’s the colleague’s fault, not that he writes badly. Unfortunately, bad writing is published every day.

Simplicity and clarity are the features of good scientific writing. The meaning must be readily understood. Clear thought can be expressed clearly. An author who has something important to say doesn’t need to pad it out. Communication is the object of writing. Why have so many authors forgotten that?

The process of writing is actually quite simple. Think, scribble down your ideas, sort those ideas into a logical order, write a rough draft that addresses each of those ideas, and self-edit as many times as it takes to create a finished product.

Are authors drifting away from this out of ignorance or apathy? As the old joke has it, they don’t know and they don’t care.

How To Write A Scientific Paper refers to long-winded passive-voice writing that leaves readers wondering about the meaning as speed bumps. If the reader has to slow down, stop, double back, and dig out the meaning, that’s a speed bump. It’s the result of author laziness, incompetence, or unclear thinking.

Scatter too many speed bumps into your writing and you’ll lose your reader. Or, more likely, you’ll annoy an Acquisitions Editor enough to make him or her reject your paper, in which case you’ll have no readers at all.

So what is long-time lecturer Michael LaRocca’s prescription for clear writing?

Find out at http://www.michaeledits.com/scientific-paper.html

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MichaelEdits.com has been editing technical papers since 1990.

Michael LaRocca
27 Huynh Thuc Khang
Ba Dinh
Hanoi
Vietnam

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